Seeking students to serve as Campus Compact Student Design Fellows

Due to the generous support of Lumina Foundation, Campus Compact seeks to recruit five Student Design Fellows nationwide for a paid, two-year fellowship experience.

Due to the generous support of Lumina Foundation, Campus Compact seeks to recruit five Student Design Fellows nationwide for a paid, two-year fellowship experience.

Student Design Fellows will work alongside Campus Compact staff, member campuses, and national partners to design initiatives dedicated to enhancing student civic leadership development across the country.

Committed to a two-year, student-led design process, Fellows will work with Campus Compact to research and review existing best practices, conduct interviews with students and subject matter experts nationwide, design and lead inquiry workshops, and ultimately ideate and develop a plan for Campus Compact’s student-facing strategy moving forward.

Fellows will focus on topics including but not limited to:

  • Broadening the scale and reach of best practices for student civic leadership development

  • Elevating civic engagement development opportunities for community college and minority-serving institutions (MSIs):

  • Supporting burnt-out student activists to allow them to serve for the long haul
  • Creating resources and a database to better sustain civic, student-led initiatives
  • Creating more connection opportunities and convenings for students, by students:

  • Expanding professional certification opportunities for students

  • Exploring how to integrate the Pathways for Public Service nationwide

Benefits of the Fellowship include:

  1. $2,500 per year stipend ($5,000 total) for participation, with additional funding to support travel
  2. Opportunities to present at conferences, including Compact24 in Denver, Colorado, and Compact25 in Atlanta, Georgia
  3. Support and training from the Campus Compact student engagement team, including online training and in-person gatherings
  4. Close networking with Design Fellows, Compact staff, and leading practitioners in the civic engagement field
  5. The chance to influence the direction of student civic leadership development for the next generation of student change-makers.  

This Fellowship opportunity is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Students from community colleges and minority-serving institutions are highly encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to students from Campus Compact member institutions. 

All questions about the Fellowship application, timeline, or requirements can be sent to Will Brummett, Student Engagement Manager for Campus Compact, at


  • Must be 18 years of age or older by the time of application
  • 2-year commitment to your existing institution and/or a related community-engaged higher education institution. 
    • Students graduating after the first year may apply if they plan to stay engaged with their current institution or another community-engaged institution after graduation.
  • Commitment to regular check-ins with Campus Compact staff as necessary
  • Attendance at monthly mandatory Design Fellow meeetings
  • Ability to travel to 2 in-person Design Fellow gatherings per year
  • Capacity to fulfill independent work in between Fellow meetings, including but not limited to research, interviews, writing, program design, outreach, and more.  
  • Preference is given to those with past and present community-engaged experience
  • Preference is given to those attending Campus Compact member institutions
  • Students from community colleges, HBCUs, HSIs, and other MSIs are highly encouraged to apply.

Apply today

If this opportunity is of interest to you, apply today! Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so now is the time to take action.


  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis but should be submitted no later than October 27
  • All applications will be reviewed by a selection committee.
  • Student Design Fellowship finalists will be interviewed in early November
  • Fellows will be selected and all applicants notified of the decision by late November

Application preview

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Logistical Information Page:

  • Name of applicant
    • pronouns
    • email
    • phone number
    • major or area of study
    • home town & country
    • age
    • current year in school
  • Applicant college/university
    • location
    • institution type
    • student population #
  • Optional demographic information

Application: Questions:

  • The where
    Where did you learn about this opportunity?
  • The why
    Please explain why you are interested in the Student Design Fellowship.
  • The who: teamwork
    Student Design Fellows will be working cohesively on a tight-knit team. Please describe the role you play best in a small team setting and give an example of how that role benefited a successful team project of which you were a part.
  • The how: innovative thinking
    Imagine being empowered to design a three-day conference on student civic engagement and leadership at your university. The theme is “What Student Civic Leaders Need to Know: A Conference for Students, by Students.” What topics would the conference cover? Who would you bring in as guest speakers? What would be the goal of the gathering? Feel free to use your imagination! There are no wrong answers.
  • The what: initiative, independence, and accountability
    Please tell us about a time when you took the initiative and designed a project from start to finish. What was your process? What lessons did you learn through the challenges? What aspect was the most rewarding?
  • The when: capacity
    This Fellowship will require monthly meetings, independent work in between sessions, check-in meetings with Compact staff, and some in-person travel. Please describe your capacity for such a commitment in the next two years and how you balance your time commitments. 

Questions for Us:
What questions do you have for us? What would you need to know to succeed in the Fellowship opportunity?